Alisa’s Marbled Pound Cake
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- 1/2 pound unsalted butter plus more to butter the pan
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- confectioners' sugar optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the sides and bottom of a loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until well combined and fluffy, another 2 minutes. Pour in the vanilla and continue beating until well incorporated and smooth, about another minute.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Break the eggs into another bowl. Add half of the eggs and half of the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on medium-low speed until well combined, scraping down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Repeat with the remaining eggs and flour.
- Add the sour cream and continue beating until the mixture is smooth. Set the batter aside. In a small bowl, combine the hot water with the cocoa powder.
- Pour half the cake batter into another bowl and fold in the cocoa-water mixture with a rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed.
- Spread the “white” batter from the mixer bowl in the bottom of the loaf pan. Pour the chocolate batter on top, in a straight line down the center. Make a design with a knife or fork, so it will look “marbled.”
- Bake the cake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool. Invert the cooled cake onto a plate, remove the parchment paper, and invert again onto another plate.
- Dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, and it is ready to slice. To store, keep it covered.
63comments inAlisa’s Marbled Pound Cake
Quick question- is this cake a smaller version of your Tiger cake? Love, love your shows!
I guess you could say so Masha!
Hi Pati, I would love to make marbled cake but I only have a hand mixer. Would it be alright if I just use that instead of a paddle?
Of course Lilia, go ahead and enjoy it!
I love this marble pound cake. most of japanese recipes use “cake flours”. I used “9 inch pan”. It’s working. and I add to cocoa butter side little bit espresso powder. more flavorful~~~~~! my neighbors kids coming my kitchen. They loves this!!! Thank you, make us happy!!!
Thanks to you Chie, so glad to hear that everyone enjoyed the cake, yay!
This is the best pound cake I’ve ever had,very easy to make.Thank you for the recipe.
My pleasure Christy, glad you enjoyed it!
I love pound cake & especially marbled.. it looks delicious, I will definitely make it.
Hope you’ll like it Pia, let me know!
Pati: Shalom u’vrachah. Love your show & love this cake! I’ve made it before to rave reviews & now that my friends & I have been vaccinated, I’m going to make it for our group picnic next month.
Yay Heidi, so glad you like my sister’s recipe and I hope everyone will enjoy it next month, have fun at the picnic 🙂
You’re a delight!
I very much enjoyed reading your walk down memory lane that included food prepared and shared with love.
My Italian father would dunk his pound cake in his coffee as he would other sweets. Makes me wonder if I like pound cake for it’s fabulous ingredients and consistency or because my dad enjoyed it so much!
Looking forward to making your recipe.
Thanks so much for sharing the memories of your dad Karen, hope you will give this pound cake a try 😉
Hola Pati Ricas resetas ya he cocinado unas ellas y veo sus programas
Que bueno que te gusten las recetas y el programa Lilian, mil gracias y un abrazo 🙂
I loved this cake and will definitely make again! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes. I enjoy all the beautiful places you visit on your show. Saludos.
Saludos Connie, gracias! Keep cooking and having fun 🙂
I WILL TRY IT SOME DAY SOON . RIGHT NOW MY FOOD IN TAKE DOES NOT ALLOW IT DUE TO A BETTER WAY OF EATING ACCORDING TO MY DOCTOR. BUT I WILL BAKE IT LOOKS DECADENT !
Take care now, enjoy it later Rosemary 😉
Yuumy! Thank you. Love wayching your show every chance i get.
Andres A Lora-Paulino
This is my favorite cake I will try the recipe ASAP! Thank you Alisa & Pati!!!
Our pleasure Andres 😉
I LOVE marble cake!
The directions say 10 inch loaf pan…I have 9×5 as my largest one – OK to use, maybe I would have enough for a mini-loaf pan too? Just don’t want to ruin the bake.
Go ahead with the one you have Liz and enjoy the pound cake 😉
Can this cake be made in a 9inch cake/bread pan?
Mine is a USA PAN coated.
I think it should work Gene, enjoy it 😉
I will definitely try this
Awesome, enjoy 😉
It turned out perfectly! So moist & delicious. I’m saving this recipe ❤️
Thanks so much for the feedback Susan, enjoy!
It’s in the oven & smells delicious! Visiting my daughter & son in law today and woke up early to bake them a treat! So easy to mix up. Batter was beautiful. Split it in to two smaller loaf pans so I could keep one too 😂! I’m sure it will be delicious.
Thanks so much Susan, I hope the family loved it!
Love Cant wait to make it.Grew up in Uvalde tx with a chili pequin by back door. Lived in L.C. La since 59.
My favorite thing to make is C.P.Jelly Red with red bell pepper.I give a lot away & everybody loves it.
Im 85 and love create tv..Keep jar in freezer as peppers ripen. Takes 1/4 c for recipe
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing 😉
The cake looks delish… I not a cook, my traditional Mexican Mom would not allow the boys in the kitchen, and now me at 63 and mi querida Madre at 92 and I am cooking for her. Next, her Albondiga soup.
Times change, right Hector! Now keep cooking and having fun 😉
Hi pati I’ve been looking for the recipe/video on YouTube and can’t seem to find it
Hola Sarah, unfortunately this recipe is not available in video, but I’ll try to make one soon. Have a great day!
I can scarcely wait to try to make your sister’s pound cake. I I am not a cook but you 8nspire me!
Thanks so much! Hope you will love it 😉
I will definitely make this tomorrow. I have cut back on store bought jelly snacks. I am going nuts! Need a change thank you ,will get back to you on my results. Con carino!+
Awesome Herminia, so how did you like it?
Can’t wait to make cake
Gracias Brenda, enjoy it 🙂
Make this cake!!!! It is so so good. Moist and flavourful. Perfect marble cake. Thank you, Pati!
Thanks for the feedback Laura, so glad you enjoyed it!
Me gustaría probar tu receta pero yo solo puedo usar harina sin gluten, ya sé que no será nunca lo mismo. Pero crees que funcione con las mismas medidas? Gracias!!
Si Patrizia, animate a prepararlo y me cuentas que tal queda 😉
I made this and it takes so amazing! This will be a regular – thank you:)
Thank you Tamara, enjoy!
Mary Ann Dugan
Delicious and Very Moist..❣️👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Yay! Thanks Mary Ann 🙂
Pati, I’m just starting to try to bake and have trouble with selecting the right baking pan…. for this recipe what is the right baking pan?
This recipe calls for a Loaf Pan Luisa, good luck!
I Made mine in a square pan, as it would have overflowed in my loaf pans and I have a few different size loaf pans,
Hi Pati! Can I use a glass loaf pan? Or does it have to be metal?
Of course Eduardo, go ahead, enjoy!
Me encanta tu receta del pound cake. El sabor es exquisito !
El único problema es que cada vez que la hago crece muy bien y al enfriarse comienza a bajarse . En Colombia se dice que se “sentó” y ya no queda esponjoso.
Que me sugieres hacer?
Hola Alicia, a lo mejor la temperatura de tu horno no es la correcta, habria que checarlo porque si debe quedar esponjosito. Abrazo!
Me encantan tus recetas, gracias por enriquecer nuestra cultura Mexicana con tus recetas! 🙂
Que opinas de hornear pasteles con horno de conveccion en vez de hornear normal?
Yo prefiero los hornos de gas pero a muchos pasteleros les gustan los de convección. Usa lo que te guste más a ti o lo que tengas disponible…